Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Find: Movie Trailer Proposal

Friday Find: Another Friday, another proposal. I've been seeing a lot of these movie trailer proposals lately. What I love about this one is we can actually see the bride's reaction the whole time, and she immediately knows something is up.

I bet all the other people in the movie theater are like "Ok...enough of this, can I watch the movie now?!"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wedding Recap: The Guest Book

As our guests entered the reception area, there were a number of things outside the main doors. One of these items was our guest book.

As you remember, I ordered my guest book on Etsy from Modern Shabby:
I made a little Guest Book Sign to put on the easel next to it.
Here are our guests signing our guest book as they arrive!
I put a selection of photos around the guest book, some from our engagement shoot, some from throughout our time dating. On the left hand side, I displayed a wedding photo from each set of parents. I also displayed our RSVP responses from the White House and from Mickey and Minnie, just for fun ;)
Sprinkled around this table was heart shaped confetti, that I cut out of the same music paper I used for my Table Numbers.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Recap: Our Reception Space

As Cocktail Hour was ending, Chris and I were taken downstairs to see the room where our reception would be held. Everything looked great and just how I imagined it would look.
We took some pictures before our guests started to file in: 
Finally, it was time to hang out in our Bridal Suite before being introduced as husband and wife! This was the last time of the day Chris and I had to ourselves.

Whoops! Camera man will be edited out for our album
One of the things I loved about our suite was that we had a tv screen where we could watch everything that was happening in the reception space. We could watch our guests come in and mingle, which was nice since we weren't out there, and I suffer from severe FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)!
Hanging out in the Bridal Suite before the chaos of our reception begins!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wedding Recap: Our Flowers

Meet our florist, John, from Flowers by Burton. John was one of the cutest, and nicest people to work with throughout our whole wedding planning process.
I put a lot of faith into him and his team with my flowers because unfortunately - I didn't get to see my bouquets at all before they were delivered on my wedding day. This made me very nervous, but that was the way they worked. I only got to see our centerpieces two days before the wedding and that was it.

The bridesmaids bouquets were just how I wanted them to be: Simple, not too big, and a mix of whites and greens. I loved how these looked against the green and black dresses:

Unfortunately, my bridal bouquet was one of two complaints I had with my flowers (I'll share the other complaint in another post) I  had hoped for a similar bouquet to my bridesmaids, but larger and with small hints of purple here and there.  Instead, this is what I received.
Purple and white with small hints of green
This wasn't really a part of my color scheme at all, and was not how I imagined it would look. Throughout the whole flower picking process, I wasn't too picky or resolute with what I wanted. I think as a result...I didn't really convey what I wanted as well as I should have. Obviously, this is a fine bouquet, and this is no way ruined any element of my wedding day. It's just not how I imagined it would be, and that sometimes bums me out.

We had alternating high and low centerpieces for our reception. I went pretty simple with these as well, since the room was already very ornate. My favorite element of the tall centerpieces were the pink ginger flowers.

The low centerpieces were mixes of purples, whites, and greens, much like my bouquet:

All in all, I was happy with all everything looked once it was all put together.
Did you know exactly what you wanted for your flower arrangements, or did you leave a lot of it up to the florist?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Congratulations Kerry and Mike!

I have no post prepared today due to the intense recovering I am doing from Kerry and Mike's EPIC wedding this past weekend! It was a perfect day (after there was a threat of rain all week!) a beautiful reception, and an even more beautiful couple (especially the bride)!

I have so much to share with you about this wedding, but I just need some time to put it together. So I will be back tomorrow with more recaps, and will recap their wedding as soon as I can put it all together!
Congratulations to Kerry and Mike!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mike and Kerry's Wedding is here and Friday Find: A CREEPY Wedding!

It's wedding weekend for MIKE and KERRY!!! I am soooo excited for this wedding and sooo excited to share it with you next week. These two have put blood, sweat, and tears into planning their wedding and I just know it's going to be incredible! Tonight, Chris and I are off to the rehearsal at 7:00 (at the same church we got married at!), followed by their rehearsal dinner. Then, all of Kerry's Bridesmaids are staying at the hotel for the night and we have a 9am hair and makeup call for Saturday morning! I will have sooo much to share with you next week! 
But first, this week's Friday Find: While Mike and Kerry's wedding will be a classy affair, I can assure you that none of what you see below will be taking place during their ceremony. Whoever thought this was a good idea is clearly delusional.
How would you react if this happened at a wedding you were attending?!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

4 month Anniversary!

I've been a bad blogger this week, sorry about that!

Last night I came home to these little beauties!
It was our four month anniversary!! I was quite surprised and happy to see these, especially after the awful, terrible commute home I had. I wish I could say that I prepared a wonderful dinner for the occasion....but we still had a perfectly romantic, delightful dinner of....
Pizza Hut. I know...I know...the horror right?! First off - I can't even remember the last time I had Pizza Hut. Truly, I think it was Elementary School or Jr. High. Secondly: I think it's absolutely sacreligious to eat Pizza Hut when you live in New York City where there is amazing pizza on every corner - even in the outskirts of Queens, where we live. We have an amazing pizzeria right around the corner from us that we frequent! However, Chris fell victim to an advertisement on pandora yesterday and decided we had to give it a try - he's exactly the type of person those advertisers are looking for! And I, falling victim to the beautiful flowers that were just presented to me, caved. (He's so smart) So we tried it....and were thoroughly disappointed...and I think we can safely say that Pizza Hut won't be a dinner option again so I'm glad we got that out of our system. Still is was kind of a fun and spontaneous evening. Add a glass of wine and the premiere of Modern Family - and I'd say it was a pretty awesome 4 month anniversary!

As far as bad pizza you like Pizza Hut or Domino's better?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wedding Recap: Martini Bar

Our venue has a Martini Bar that descends from the ceiling about 20 minutes into the cocktail hour. I was not particularly fond of this idea when we first heard about it - I was afraid it was tacky and a bit too over-the-top. But Chris eventually convinced me to just let it was a feature of our venue that was offered as an option to us at no extra cost, and it certainly was unique. We decided to do it, and own it, even if there was the potential for it to be slightly "tacky". In the end, I'm glad we had it. Half of our guests were outside or getting food when it happened anyway, and the ones that were there to watch it, definitely liked it - and definitely had their fair share of martinis!

Here is the bar being lowered into its section while a guy makes some freshly shaken martinis on the way down!

I was the first up for a martini!
As I said before in this post, we had two signature martinis:

Wedding Cake Martini
1 1/2 oz. Amaretto
1/2 oz. Vanilla vodka
1 oz. Pineapple Juice


2 ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce Malibu
1 ounce sweetened lime juice
1/2 lime

 The "Wagner-Tini" was in honor of Wagner College, where Chris and I met.
My Drink signs and DIY Embossed napkins above!

I seem to be enjoying my "Wagner-Tini"!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wedding Recap: Our Cocktail Hour

After we took pictures, we hung out for an hour in one of our two Bridal Suites at the venue. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from that hour, but we had a great time with our bridal party getting served drinks and food before we had to head into our "real" cocktail hour with all the masses. When we arrived, it was exactly what I thought it would be: Overwhelming trying to see and greet as many people as possible  but still a lot of fun!

Of course, there was amazing food:
Deja Vu Studios
Deja Vu Studios
Deja Vu Studios
K. Vereb

Our "love birds" ice sculpture
Deja Vu Studios
There was a pianist on the stage in the front middle of the room. But, the biggest focal point of the room was the large seafood boat in the middle of the space.
Deja Vu Studios
This boat had an amazing selection of seafood:
Deja Vu Studios
Deja Vu Studios
Rachel Towers

And lots of mingling!
Deja Vu Studios
Chris better watch out!
Photo Credit: E. Phillips
We had an outdoor area as well, which was partly covered (which was good because we had a brief shower right as our cocktail hour started). The outdoor bar had a waterfall behind it, and stairs leading down to the garden. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of those elements, so I've added some from their website below:
Rachel Towers
But there was one more element of our cocktail hour that I was most excited out, and I can't wait to tell you about it tomorrow...our Martini Bar!